Afyon City Center

I started exploring Afyon in the city center at Zafer Meydanı (Victory Square). Among the backdrop of a giant rock in the center of the city is the Zafer Anıtı, a very creepy monument of an Incredible Hulk-like Turkish soldier attacking an invader during the Turkish War of Independence. As disturbing as it is, it’s quite an impressive piece of art.

Zafer Meydanı in Afyon, Turkey

Zafer Meydanı

Zafer Anıtı in Afyon, Turkey

Zafer Anıtı

Across from Zafer Meydanı is the Zafer Müzesi, a museum dedicated to the Turkish victory in the War of Independence at nearby Dumlupınar. It’s housed in the old Hükümet Konağı (Government House) and has some interesting artifacts and photos from the war and the Greek occupation of Afyon. It was in this museum where I encountered my first of many grumpy Afyonlu. I smiled and said “merhaba” to the front desk attendant and he looked at me and turned around as if I wasn’t there.

Zafer Müzesi in Afyon, Turkey

Zafer Müzesi

Atatürk's office at the Zafer Müzesi in Afyon, Turkey

Atatürk’s office at the Zafer Müzesi

From there, I got curious and walked down the nearest big intersection at Ordu Bulvarı for a couple blocks. There was some interesting architecture including the Afyon Lisesi, which was founded in 1894; the Atatürk Kültür Merkezi; and a cool building with marble statues on the corner of each level.

Afyon Lisesi in Afyon, Turkey

Afyon Lisesi

Atatürk Kültür Merkezi in Afyon, Turkey

Atatürk Kültür Merkezi

Cool building in Afyon, Turkey

Cool building

Along the same road as the Zafer Müzesi is the Gedik Ahmet Paşa Külliyesi, a beautiful mosque complex built in 1472. Gedik Ahmet Paşa was an Ottoman Grand Vizier. The mosque, İmaret Camii, has some beautiful stained glass windows and is worth a look inside. Click here for a virtual tour.

İmaret Camii in Afyon, Turkey

İmaret Camii

İmaret Camii in Afyon, Turkey

İmaret Camii

İmaret Camii in Afyon, Turkey

İmaret Camii

İmaret Camii in Afyon, Turkey

İmaret Camii

Also on the grounds of the complex is the İmaret Hamamı (a Turkish bath that’s still in operation), the Kadınana Çeşmesi (a fountain), and Taş Medrese (a former religious school).

İmaret Hamamı in Afyon, Turkey

İmaret Hamamı

Kadınana Çeşmesi in Afyon, Turkey

Kadınana Çeşmesi

Taş Medrese in Afyon, Turkey

Taş Medrese

I backtracked a bit and headed towards the historic part of Afyon. I had to walk along a road that has three names – Otpazar Cd., Köprübaşı Cd., and Zaviye Türbe Cd. I passed a couple nice squares along the way and through the market district. The most historic market I noticed was the Bedesten, built in 1914.

Bedesten in Afyon, Turkey

Bedesten

On the edge of the old town is the Mevlana Aile Çay Bahçesi, which is a small park that’s used as a tea garden in warmer weather. In the center is a fountain with a whirling dervish on the top.

Mevlana Aile Çay Bahçesi in Afyon, Turkey

Mevlana Aile Çay Bahçesi

Mevlana Aile Çay Bahçesi in Afyon, Turkey

Mevlana Aile Çay Bahçesi

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